An updated new edition of Ted Gioia's acclaimed compendium of jazz standards, featuring 15 additional selections, hundreds of additional recommended tracks, and enhancements and additions on almost every page. Since the first edition of The Jazz Standards was published in 2012, author Ted Gioia has received almost non-stop feedback and suggestions from the passionate global community of jazz enthusiasts and performers requesting crucial additions and corrections to the book. In this second edition, Gioia expands the scope of the book to include more songs, and features new recordings by rising contemporary artists. The Jazz Standards is an essential comprehensive guide to some of the most important jazz compositions, telling the story of more than 250 key jazz songs and providing a listening guide to more than 2,000 recordings. The fan who wants to know more about a tune heard at the club or on the radio will find this book indispensable. Musicians who play these songs night after night will find it to be a handy guide, as it outlines the standards' history and significance and tells how they have been performed by different generations of jazz artists. Students learning about jazz standards will find it to be a go-to reference work for these cornerstones of the repertoire. This book is a unique resource, a browser's companion, and an invaluable introduction to the art form.
I have been learning about these songs for most of my life and could never list the many people who helped shape my understanding of the jazz repertoire. But a handful of individuals gave me valuable advice and input during the actual course of writing this work, and I want to thank them by name. During the preparation of the first edition of this book, I greatly benefited from the contributions of Duck Baker, Kenny Berger, Uri Caine, Breaux Castleman, Paul Combs, Thomas Cunniffe, Ronan Guilfoyle, John Edward Hasse, Ethan Iverson, Todd Jenkins, Bill Kirchner, David McGee, John McNeil, Stuart Nicholson, Lewis Porter, Ricky Riccardi, Jeff Sultanof, Terry Teachout, Scott Timberg, Rob van der Bliek, and Carl Woideck. I benefited from the input of many others as I worked on the second edition, including John Altman, Héctor Balbis, Paul Bordoni, Loudon Briggs, Noah Christopher, Mario Erre, Nenette Evans, Nicola Ferrauto, Don Frese, Mike Galan, Luke Gillespie, Rick Howe, Lucille Hunt, Eric Jackson, Mike Longo, Francesco Martinelli, Joe Medjuck, Kevin Moore, Fred Rosenthal, Eric Rumsey, Michael Sedor, Peter Sokolowski, Alexander Stakenburg, Mark Stryker, Ron Weinstock, and Sandy Williams. If I have left out any names here, I offer apologies—many have reached out to me with information about these songs over the years, and my gratitude to all of you runs deep. I am also deeply indebted to Suzanne Ryan and Norm Hirschy at Oxford University Press, as well as Joellyn Ausanka, Caelyn Cobb, Sean Decker, Tim DeWerff, and Woody Gilmartin. Without their advocacy, guidance, and assistance this book would not have been possible. Finally, I offer public thanks to my wife, Tara, and our two sons, Michael and Thomas, for their love and support.